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The Lamplighter Dining Rooms

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This family-run Victorian restaurant with rooms is 15 minutes' walk from Lake Windermere
  • Bowness-on-Windermere is 5 minutes by car, Ambleside is a 15-minute drive away
  • The restaurant is recommended by The Observer's Jay Rayner

"The staff were all welcoming and friendly. The food was amazing and the whole experience very enjoyable, we will be staying again in the future!"
Mar 18, 2020 - Poulton-le-Fylde, United Kingdom
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The Lamplighter Dining Rooms is a family-run property in the town of Windermere. It dates back to 1865, and is built from Lakeland stone. 

Windermere, "the queen of Lake District lakes" (Lonely Planet), is a 15-minute walk away. We recommend the short hike up Orrest Head for superb views of the of Lake Windermere, the Lake District Fells, Morecambe Bay and the Pennines. Bowness-on-Windermere is 5 minutes by car, Ambleside is a 15-minute drive away

National Trust-run Hill Top, the house Beatrix Potter bought with the royalties from her books, is 30 minutes' drive from the hotel. Dove Cottage, where poet William Wordsworth lived, is a 20-minute drive in Grasmere. You can take a guided tour of the house and gardens, and visit The Wordsworth Museum, which displays his original letters, journals and poems.

The hotel's restaurant serves traditional British dishes, and is a North West finalist in the 2019 Restaurant Awards. The Observer's critic Jay Rayner is a fan of the "glorious" bone-on rib of beef and a "magnificent" cauliflower cheese, which are served at Sunday lunch. The bar stocks local ales, wine and more than 15 varieties of gin. There is a roaring fire in the winter.

In keeping with the 19th-century building, bedrooms have a Victorian look, with striped wallpaper and polished-wood beds. All have renovated bathrooms.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request, for children 2 and under: £5 per night.
Extra bedding not available for older children and adults.
Meals are not included in the supplement and will be charged as taken.
Please use the Special Request field to confirm the age of the third guest.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £10 per pet per night.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(147 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Lamplighter Dining Rooms Ltd (t/a The Lamplighter Dining Rooms) over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.7 Location
3.9 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The staff were all welcoming and friendly. The food was amazing and the whole experience very enjoyable, we will be staying again in the future!
laraine Mar 18, 2020 Poulton-le-Fylde, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were very helpful and friendly, no problems with switching items for allergies and the meal was good. Very relaxed visit. Good location (train station less than 5 minute walk).
Other Comments
For anyone considering visiting, parking is limited. I would go back though.
Deb Mar 15, 2020 Carlisle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Wonderful friendly staff.Well positioned hotel .Amazing food Breakfasts amazing with great quality food.Evening dinners were superb With Chefs that know how to prep and deliver food that is both well presented and is a treat for your tastebuds
Other Comments
We are close enough to the Lake District to be able to enjoy the Lamplighter Rooms again and will most certainly call in for dinner again .It really is a class above .Thank you Chefs and staff for making our visit so good🙏🏼👍
Kenneth Mar 14, 2020 Carlisle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good hotel with friendly staff.Hotel a bit tired in a few places and would of liked a few more places to sit and relax on a evening.
Barry Mar 11, 2020 Carlisle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Situated in a great location close to Windermere town centre and a great base for The Lakes attractions. Car park small, so you have to be lucky. Room was clean and tidy with a new bathroom and lots of hot water. Off-season, so staff levels low, so you had to check in at the bar. Food was lovely, freshly prepared and generous proportions. Staff friendly and efficient. Only minor qualm is in the restaurant when guests enter through the outside door and walk right through next to your table while you are having your meal. We found this a bit off-putting. Would be a lot better if this door was shut and guests used the side door which is only a few steps away. We will definitely go back to the Lamplighter though and enjoyed the break.
Andrew Mar 05, 2020 Manchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent food in the restaurant for dinner .
Other Comments
Only 2 sofas for sitting when just having a drink , and not eating .
Paul Mar 03, 2020 Cockermouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent food - really appetising and very well presented. Could not fault it.
Steve Feb 17, 2020 LincolnLincoln, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent food! Friendly staff. The deal was really good value for money. The hotel is in a great location. It needs a bit of an update but the room was nice, that looked like it had been refurbished. Had all the amenities you would expect.
Other Comments
Would return.
Catherine Feb 09, 2020 Burnley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very good value overnight stay with a 3 course dinner included. This was of good quality.. Nice room and friendly staff.
Hazel Feb 08, 2020 York, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good value with a deal from Travelzoo. Location is excellent being in the heart of Windermere village. Parking is free but limited, with staff taking up some of the spaces (although they would be freed if necessary for guests). Room was reasonable, with decent space if lacking in character. Table d'hote meal which was part of the deal was very good.
Ian Jan 31, 2020 Durham, United Kingdom

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